Modern Arabic Short Stories: A Bilingual Reader
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Modern Arabic Short Stories: A Bilingual Reader

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The stories collected here are by leading authors of the short story form in the Middle East today. In addition to works by writers already wellknown in the West, such as Idwar al-Kharrat, Fu'ad al-Takarli and Nobel Prize winner Najib Mahfuz, the collection includes stories by key authors whose fame has hitherto been restricted to the Middle East. This bilingual reader is...more
ebook, 361 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Saqi Books (first published June 1st 2008)
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Jonathan Mckay
This is the perspective of reading the book in Arabic from a native English speaker:

How do I describe a collection of short stories like this? Clearly, it is impossible to doubt the quality of the stories, each of which was interesting and entertaining in its own right. My favorites were the ‘Tale of the Lamp’ in which we see a starved traveler stumble upon a rich kingdom, and ‘The Night and the Sea’ which painted a bleak but moving picture with its rich descriptions and overwhelming emotions.

I went to sit at a cafe with a friend while he did some work and he gave me this book to read so I wouldn't distract him! It turned out to be a nice way to pass a couple hours, although I did read it in English and would like to sit down again in the future to actually re-read it in Arabic.

The value of this book to non-Arabic speakers is that it offers translations of short stories by famous MENA region authors, all of whom are famous in Arabic but are not widely translated/read in English. It a...more
Purchased this book at Used book fair but woth the cost 1/10th original price.

Interesting authors who i was not exposed to their work & culture but found it interesting to learn from their amazing narration & story lines

David Alexander
This book gives me great inroads into modern Arabic literature which, inshahallah, I will take the opportunity to utilize. There is nothing like literature to pay off labors in learning a language because once you have unwrapped the meaning you find something rich and intense and flavored with the local life. Many of the stories were very engaging and sometimes I was swept up from a state of labor to being buoyed along by the story. Some of my favorites in this collection were those by Muhammad...more
Sarah A. K.
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Recommended to Sarah by: Judy Bello
It is an amazing collection of Arabic short stories. It gets very confusing sometimes, but that does not take out their importance. Most of the stories tackles society problems that been and still here in the modern Arab societies. The language that the authors used is amazingly beautiful. I loved the Arabic version because rare and very old vocabulary have been used. Few of the stories I still don't understand or see very clearly the moral behind it. But I guess this is what is intended, to loo...more
Pretty good introduction to the modern literary language.
Lots of typos in this edition though.
I am reading this as part of my "Arabic" bookclub, but am finding it hard going.
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